MENTAL health nurses in Albury have extended their work bans after failing to get a response to their initial industrial action.
NSW Nurses and Midwives Association branch president Petra Smyth said two new measures had been unanimously agreed upon at a meeting yesterday morning.
They involve nurses not providing data to non-government organisation partners such as St Luke’s, which receives data on patients who are involved in its public housing programs for the mentally ill.
There is also now a ban on attending interagency meetings with bodies such as the Department of Community Services and Ageing, Disability and Home Care.
Ms Smyth said the extra action came after there had been no response from the nurses’ employer, Murrumbidgee Local Health District, to initial work bans which related to attending non-clinical meetings, typing meeting minutes, doing data entry and using the sign-in book.
The health district’s director of mental health and drug and alcohol, Robyn Manzie, said last week her organisation was trying to resolve the dispute.
But Ms Smyth said there had been no move by the service and she was not confident of a quick resolution.
The nurses next meet again on Monday.
Meanwhile, the association has organised a meeting with member for Albury Greg Aplin on November 1 and is attempting to meet member for Farrer Sussan Ley.